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Binky International Film Festival: Day Seven

Hello and welcome to Day Seven of the first ever “Binky International Film Festival“! I hope you’ve been enjoying this series so far, and if you’re not… Well, tough. It’s my blog. 😉 Just kidding. I really do hope you’ve been enjoying this series and are willing to continue our journey until we finish with Day 10 on New Year’s Eve.

Today, we are going to take a look at my personal favorites of 2011, the movies that I love so much I can watch over and over again, thus making this a “Repeat Viewing” genre. I can now safely say that 2011 is quite a good year for movies. Sure, there are a lot of crap this year but then again, there are always a lot of crap movies every year. But the good ones are not that few and far between this year, definitely an improvement from 2010. And if the Mayan Apocalypse doesn’t end us all, let’s hope this time next year we have an even better list of movies to discuss. 🙂 Now, let’s get right down to business and begin Day Seven!

“Repeat Viewing”

Drive

Release Date: September 16, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Nicolas Winding Refn & Hossein Amini
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston
Defining Song: A Real Hero Feat. Electric Youth by College

Without a doubt, in my opinion, Best Movie of 2011. I didn’t know what to expect going in, I only knew that people were all talking about it and giving it high praise on Twitter. I came for Ryan Gosling, and I got so, so much more. It’s a little hard to talk about this movie without sounding like a crazed fangirl, so bear with me. Drive is amazeballs because 1. Ryan Gosling and his silent acting equals pure brilliance. 2. Albert Brooks in the role of a villain: mind-blowing. 3. The insane violence: puts Tarantino to shame. 4. The music: oh the music! It really sets the mood. Gosling himself described this movie as a “Pretty In Pink with a head smashing” and I don’t know how else to describe it that would do it justice. It’s definitely not to everyone’s taste but if you like indie, offbeat, strange movies (with head smashing) – you will probably LOVE this as much as I do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Friends With Kids

Release Date: September 9, 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Jennifer Westfeldt
Stars: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Ed Burns, etc

This movie was highly recommended by NY Magazine’s Vulture blog post-Toronto International Film Festival, and because it has not only half the cast of Bridesmaids but also Adam Scott and Ed Burns, I waited with bated breath until I could finally see it, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Jennifer Westfeldt (some of you may know her as Jon Hamm’s lady love) wrote and directed a charming little movie about friendship, love, parenthood and marriage in very real, non-preachy, non-judgmental way. Five minutes in, you see these characters and you will think, “Oh that reminds me of my own group of friends” (only they’re much, much better looking). The issues discussed were very much what friends in their thirties would discuss: love, marriage, kids – but it’s not desperate or stupid, which is what most romcoms tend to be. Whether you’re single, or married, or divorced, I think you’d be able to enjoy this movie very much. Trust me. I know these things. 🙂 (PS: Couldn’t find the trailer for this movie on Youtube, so I tried embedding it from a different site. Hope it works. If not… well, I tried)

http://www.traileraddict.com/emd/45908

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Hanna

Release Date: April 11, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 111 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Joe Wright & Seth Lochhead, David Farr. Story by Seth Lochhead
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Okay by now I do have to admit that I have this fascination with violent movies. My favorite movie of 2011 is Drive and months before I saw Drive, I was raving about how awesome Hanna is, a movie that tells the story of a teenage girl trained by her ex-CIA father to become an effective assassin. Hanna is violent, but it’s also empowering and strangely enough, sweet. The relationship between Hanna and her father is beautiful, how the two would do anything to protect each other. And the way Hanna longs for companionship, and her loyalty to her new friends – there’s a lot of sweetness there to offset the violence. Parents may not be too crazy about the idea of a teen girl fighting for survival and killing without hesitation, but between the infectious score by The Chemical Brothers and the brilliant fight sequences, I’m totally hooked and I’m screaming for more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s Kind of A Funny Story

Release Date: October 8, 2010
Approx. Running Time: 101 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, etc
Defining Song: Blood by The Middle East

Okay I know this movie is not a 2011 release but I decided to put it in this list for the following reasons: 1. I only discovered this movie in 2011 and 2. I love it so much, I have to include it here. At first I thought it was going to be just another depressing coming-of-age movie but as it turns out it’s nothing like I expected. It’s funny. It’s eye-opening. It’s uplifting. It deals with depression in a real way but at the same time doesn’t end it on a nihilistic “there’s no point to all this let’s just wait for a planet to collide with earth and get it over and done with” note (I’m looking at you, Lars Von Trier). Is it a little too positive? Perhaps. But maybe not. Depression is real. As someone with Bipolar Disorder, I’ve experienced it many, many times. But I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can always get help. Happiness is not deprived of you. Life is still worth living after all, and that’s what this movie is about. For that alone, it deserves to be watched over and over again, especially for those who are still battling depression and in need of some perspective.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

HappyThankYouMorePlease

Release Date: March 4, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Josh Radnor
Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan

I have to admit, out of the five main characters in How I Met Your Mother, Ted is my least favorite. He is exactly the type of guy I would avoid being friends with, so when my fantasy gay husband Neil Patrick Harris tweeted about this movie that his co-star and friend Josh Radnor wrote, directed and starred in, I was a little skeptical. But then I saw the movie and realized, Radnor is no Ted. Sure, the character he plays in this movie bears some resemblance to Ted, but only if Ted were a depressed, failed writer trying to find meaning in life by (unwisely) taking in a little boy he found abandoned in a subway. It took a while for the movie to win me over but it did. At the end, I can really relate to characters who are just trying to find themselves and each other in a chaotic world, maybe because that’s how I feel most of the time. And I like the way the movie ends in an upbeat, happier tone – what can I say, at the end of a movie I want to be able to say, “I’m happy. Thank you. More please!”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

And that concludes Day Seven of Binky International Film Festival. We still have three more days to go, so come back tomorrow for Day Eight where we’ll be taking a look at some of the year’s most entertaining comedies in the “Laugh It Up” genre, because life is hard enough without a little laugh every now and then, right? I’ll see you back here tomorow… hopefully same time, but always same place. 🙂 Until then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

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Binky International Film Festival: Day Four

Hello and welcome to Day Four of the first ever “Binky International Film Festival”! In the last three days, we have revisited quite a few 2011 movies from three different genres: “Big Budget Awesomeness”, “Sundance Darlings” and “Chick Flicks”. And now in Day Four, we are going to take a look at the movies that are doing well and reaping nominations this award season. As I have mentioned in the Introduction post, I don’t live in the United States so there are a few critically acclaimed and award nominated movies that I haven’t gotten a chance to see, so obviously this list is incomplete. But even so, we have quite a few movies to get through today, so let’s get straight to it!

Note: Even though I have seen We Need To Talk About Kevin and Tilda Swinton is nominated both for SAG and Golden Globes for that movie, I’ve decided not to put the movie in this category and instead it’ll be in the “Depression-Inducing” category on Day 6.

“Award Worthy”

The Help

Opening Weekend: August 10, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 146 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Tate Taylor
Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, etc
Nominations: Black Reel Awards, Critics Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Satellite Awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Golden Globes Awards, etc

I read the book before I watched the movie, so I was a little worried that they were going to ruin my love for the book when I decided to give this movie a watch, and I’m glad to report that this adaptation pretty much stick close to the book, sure they made little changes here and there but they weren’t too detrimental to the plot, and they didn’t bother me too much. And Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard truly rocked my world in this movie, so much so that I didn’t even pay that much attention to Emma Stone’s performance. Those three women plus Jessica Chastain gave such incredible performances that you want to cry, laugh and set that bitch Hilly (played perfectly by Howard) on fire for some of the things she said. The only actor I had a problem with is Chris Lowell, who I feel is a little miscast here, but then again he only appeared a total of 10 minutes in the movie so it didn’t bother me that much.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

50/50

Opening Weekend: September 30, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 100 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Jonathan Levine & Will Reiser
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Gordon, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, etc
Nominations: Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes Awards, Hollywood Film Festival, National Board of Reviews, etc

Cancer is no laughing matter. But in the case of this brilliantly-written and wonderfully-acted movie, cancer doesn’t have to be all sad and depressing. Sometimes you can always find comedy in the shittiest situation, even if that shitty situation is cancer. Screenwriter Will Reiser wrote this movie as a fictionalized account of his own battle with cancer, and the result is a poignant movie both sad and funny, that will tug on your heartstrings, and make you chuckle through your tears, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is heartbreaking as Adam, the quiet, ordinary guy whose life is suddenly turned upside down, but surprisingly enough, it’s Seth Rogen’s turn as the insensitive best friend that steals the scenes, a role that he had to play in real life as Reiser’s best friend. If you know someone who has cancer, or even if you’re just a regular human being and nothing bad ever happens to you, I would recommend you check out this movie to celebrate life. Yes, it can be shitty. But it’s worth being thankful for.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Ides of March

Opening Weekend: October 7, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 110 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Stars: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, etc
Nominations: Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globes Awards, Venice Film Festival, etc

This is the only movie in this list that I watched expecting to be disappointed, mostly because people have told me how much they hated it and how it wasn’t worth my  time. And these are people whose judgment I trust, so I set the bar really low going in, knowing that I might end up thinking the movie sucked. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I quite enjoy the movie, I thought Ryan Gosling once again did a superb job here, and I wasn’t bored the whole time. There are a few reasons why I seem to like this movie, that got panned by critics as well, as much as the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations members did even though the rest of the world hated it: 1. Just like the financial market, my knowledge of politics is something to laugh about. I just don’t care enough to even read the newspaper about anything political. 2. My love and devotion for both George Clooney and Ryan Gosling made me bias, and I couldn’t see the movie for what it was because I was blinded by their combined sexiness. In conclusion, if you’re not into politics and you  love both Clooney and Gosling, I think you need to give this movie a try. Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy it immensely like I did (and not afraid to admit it).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Warrior

 Opening Weekend: September 9, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 140 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Gavin O’Connor & Athony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman. Story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman
Stars: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison
Nominations: Satellite Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards SAG Awards, etc

When I first heard about this movie, I knew I wanted to see it just so I could see Tom Hardy kicking ass. After Inception, you’d be hard press to find a woman on earth who’s not at least a little bit infatuated with this British actor. But when I finally saw the movie, it wasn’t Tom Hardy being a bad-ass that reeled me in. It was Tom Hardy as a broken man, looking for redemption, it was Nick Nolte as his alcoholic, abusive father looking for atonement, it was Joel Edgerton as a beloved teacher and family man just looking for a way to provide for his family – it was a family, all broken apart and coming together in the least likely of events: the mixed martial arts “Sparta” championship. Despite the blood and the fights, you will cry so hard you’ll almost wail (like I did) watching this movie, because it is never about the fights, it’s about love – complicated but redeeming love, the kind that we all crave in this life. And if I could only recommend one movie out of all that I watched in 2011, it’d be this one. Don’t go through life without watching this movie. Trust me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Moneyball

 Opening Weekend: September 23, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 133 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Bennett Miller & Steve Zailian, Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin & Michael Lewis
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, etc
Nominations: New York Film Critics Circle Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Satellite Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes Awards

Also in the list of things I am clueless and can’t give a shit about, aside from the financial market and politics: sports. I don’t do sports, I don’t watch sports, I have never even been attracted to any athlete, no matter how incredibly beautiful they are. David Beckham? Meh. Tom Brady? Yeah, not my type. Derek Jeter? You’ve got to be kidding me, right? However, one of my favorite TV shows of all time is Friday Night Lights, a show centered on football, so I figured after 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights (and actually learning a thing or two about the game), I can watch Moneyball and not be confused by the baseball of it all. And I’m not wrong, but I’m not right either. The premise of the movie doesn’t confuse me, and I think both Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were good in the movie (though I don’t find Pitt’s performance all that amazing, to be honest. If I had to pick between nominating him or Tom Hardy for Best Actor, I’d go with Hardy), but I don’t find the movie as the most inspiring movie of all time like some reviews said. It’s just a baseball movie. Some guy reinvented the game.. and? At least Warrior at the heart is about love and redemption. Moneyball is just about… some guy who reinvented the game. It’s not a bad movie but it’s not exactly that inspiring either. But, what do I know? I don’t even like baseball.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Bridesmaids

Opening Weekend: May 13, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 125 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Paul Feig & Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, etc
Nominations: Critics Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes Awards, etc

Those who say that women aren’t funny are just pissed off when women refuse to laugh at their stupid jokes. Because if this movie doesn’t prove to you that a group of women can make you ROTFLMAO – then you’re just bitter and cruel. Bridesmaids, while technically a romantic comedy, is so much more than just a bunch of women obsessing about weddings. It’s about friendship – and the insane (or as Maya Rudolph would say, “Insahn”) things we do in the name of friendship, which sometimes includes getting food poisoning and crapping all over a wedding dress. Bridesmaids is a female comedy that guys can watch and enjoy and these fabulous funny ladies prove that hey, women are funny and we can be funny without having to rag on the men in our lives. Hear that, Adam Sandler?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Beginners

Opening Weekend: June 3, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 105 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Mike Mills
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent, Christopher Plummer
Nominations: Independent Spirits Awards, Satellite Awards, National Board of Review, Hollywood Film Festival, SAG Awards

I didn’t discover this little gem of a movie until earlier this month when it started getting nominated left and right, and also winning a few accolades here and there. But I’m glad I finally did, late though I am, because I would’ve regretted missing this movie. A story about a man coping with the death of his father, who had come out of the closet in his old age and discovered a new leash on life only to have it taken away by cancer a few years later, Beginners may as well be called ‘The History of Sadness and What One Does To Overcome It”. It’s sad, yes, but it’s also hopeful – and Christopher Plummer was truly magnificent here. If you too, like me, have only heard of this movie lately, I suggest you look for the DVD or look out for it on Netflix. It’s definitely worth the watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Midnight In Paris

Opening Weekend: June 10, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 94 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates etc
Nominations: independent Spirit Awards, Satellite Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes Awards, etc

Since I’m a huge Woody Allen fan, it’s a little hard to praise this movie without sounding bias, but I can tell you, even if you’re not a fan of his work – you have to check out this movie. It’s the best Woody Allen movie since Annie Hall, and I think it’s also Allen’s most successful movie to date. Set in Paris and introduces a new plot element that Allen hasn’t used before (time travel), Midnight In Paris is like taking a vacation with our favorite people on earth, provided those people are Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and even Salvador Dali. It’s funny and delightful, it’s hopeful but still neurotic, it’s truly the best of Allen’s European series. And Owen Wilson channeling Woody Allen is really something to watch. I hope this movie wins every award it’s nominated because it truly deserves it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Carnage

Opening Weekend: December 16, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 79 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Roman Polanski & Yasmine Reza,
Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz
Nominations: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Satellite Awards, Venice Film Festival, Golden Globes Awards, etc

Thanks to my flu, I actually get the chance to see this movie, because I’m forced to just lie in bed and not do anything but watch movies after movies after movies. And I’m glad I did because this movie is fantastic. First of all, I never thought Roman Polanski can do comedy. I mean, he was the director of Rosemary’s Baby and he made Oliver Twist kinda dark… I didn’t expect him to direct something that is just straight up hilarious. But he did. And obviously the actors are all wonderful too – Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C Reilly and my favorite Christoph Waltz – without them, this movie wouldn’t have worked so beautifully. No matter what you feel about Polanski as a person, you should not miss this film. It’s definitely one of his better works.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

And there you have it, Day Four of Binky International Film Festival. Sorry for the delay in posting this, but my flu really got the better of me last night. 🙂 To make up for this, I will still post Day Five and Day 6 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so I’ll be able to get everything done before New Years Eve. Thanks for tuning in so far and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day Five: “Across The Pond”. Till then!

Binky Bee

Binky International Film Festival: Day Three

Hello and welcome to Day Three of “Binky International Film Festival“. Over the past two days, we have reviewed some “Big Budget Awesomeness” and “Sundance Darlings” and today, we are going to concentrate on a genre that is as old as time itself: “Chick Flicks”. Despite being a cynic and a feminist, I have loved romantic comedies since I first saw When Harry Met Sally for the first time back in the sixth grade, and I’m not ashamed of it. 😉 Sure, this genre has declined rapidly over the last decade (where’s Meg Ryan when you need her?) but this year I have seen some improvements. There’s hope for this genre yet. So without further ado, grab your tub of Ben & Jerry’s and let’s dive straight in!

Note: Two of the movies in this post (Country Strong and Waiting For Forever) are not romantic comedies, but since these are the kind of movies that appeal more to women than men, I decided to put them in this category. Also: technically Bridesmaids needs to be in this category as well but since it receives quite a bit of nominations this award season, it’ll be in tomorrow’s “Award Worthy” genre.

“Chick Flicks”

Crazy Stupid Love

 Opening Weekend: July 29, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 118 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Glenn Ficara, John Requa & Dan Fogelman
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, etc

2011 is a great year for one Ryan Gosling. Sure he lost the “Sexiest Man Alive” title to Bradley Cooper (which caused an uproar) but there is no denying that about 99% of women (plus about the same percentage of gay men) on earth want to have sex with him. Myself included. And this movie gives us about 50% of the reason why we all want him (the other 50% is divided between Drive and The Ides of March): he’s a confident, self-assured hottie with a body so perfect Emma Stone’s character accused his abs of being photoshopped. We all want to leave the bar and get straight to bed with him. But enough about Gosling! I think this movie is the best romcom of 2011. Carell is so hilarious, and he and Gosling play off each other so well. If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy while at the same time laugh so hard you nearly pee, you might want to give this movie a try if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.


Rating: 4 Out of 5 stars

Country Strong

Opening Weekend: January 7, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 117 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Shana Feste
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garret Hedlund, Leighton Meester

Two things I learned from watching this movie: one, I totally understand the Gwyneth Paltrow backlash and why people can’t stand her, and two, Leighton Meester can actually sing, you guys, provided that she wises up and embrace the country pop genre for real. No more of those pop dance-y singles, Leighton, stick with what you’re good at. Other than those two things, this movie is kind of meh. It feels more like Gwyneth Paltrow trying to prove she can do it all (act, sing country, act drunk etc), and the best part of the movie is when her character (spoiler alert) dies, and some sweet Hedlund/Meester scenes. The movie is just not that good, period. Color me unimpressed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

No Strings Attached

Opening Weekend: January 21, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 108 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Ivan Reitman & Elizabeth Merriwhether. Story by Elizabeth Merriwhether & Michael Samonek.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Jake Johnson, Kevin Kline, Mindy Kaling, etc

Just so you know I’m not exactly a fan of Ashton Kutcher and I always assume that a movie with him in the lead would suck. But luckily, I love Natalie Portman so I gave this romcom a chance and I didn’t regret it. The movie is quite funny, Natalie Portman is just so delightful in it. But then again, after her Oscar-winning turn in Black Swan, did we expect anything less? I also love that even though it followed a certain predictable romcom formula, it doesn’t rely too heavily on the cliches. The scene with Natalie Portman in the car, cry-singing “Bleeding Love” and binging on donut holes – that’s genuinely non-cliche funny. And we women can relate! It has happened to us once or twice, right? So even if you can’t stand Kutcher, I still recommend you check out this flick. It’ll put a smile on your face, seriously.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Friends With Benefits

Opening Weekend: July 22, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 109 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Will Gluck & Keith Merryman, David A. Newman. Story by Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman & David A. Newman.
Stars: Mila Kunis, Jason Timberlake, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson etc

2011 is a pretty good year for movies, but someone somewhere in Hollywood must’ve screwed up because in the space of less than 6 months, two romcoms with identical premises came out, both with attractive leads and both with the same fast-talking zany humor. And who came out on top? Sorry Mila Kunis, but your Black Swan co-star beats you this time around. Out of the two movies, I like No Strings Attached better, maybe because Friends With Benefits tries a little too hard to be tongue-in-cheek and funny. And by the time the movie came out, flash mobs are so two years ago, no matter how cute Mila Kunis tries to convince you of otherwise.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Waiting For Forever

Opening Weekend: February 4, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 95 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): James Keach & Steve Adams
Stars: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner

I think I’m the only one who saw this little seen Rachel Bilson movie, and even though it wasn’t the best romantic film of the year, I actually didn’t hate it. Sure at first I thought Tom Sturridge’s character has mental disabilities or something, especially the way he pines for Rachel Bilson’s character but never once dares to make a move, but then I realized that he’s not, he just chooses to deal with the world in his own childlike way. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It may be naïve but it’s not idiotic. I also like Bilson taking on a more complicated role for once, and she’s pretty good in this movie too. But obviously Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom, Blythe Danner steals the scene. She’s just heartbreaking in this movie and if nothing else, she should be the reason to check out this movie. Trust me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Opening Weekend: September 16, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 89 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Douglas McGrath & Aline Brosh Mckenna
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, etc

Do you ever wonder why, if a woman is successful at her career, and at the same time is successful at being a wife and mother, people ask “How does she do it?” as if women are expected to just be good at one thing and fail miserably at the other? Well this movie attempts to address this way of thinking, and I think it’s pretty successful in presenting the case that women can in fact do it all and we don’t have to apologize for wanting to be a good mother and a career woman, while not downplaying the hardships than are bound to come from wanting to have it all. The good thing about this movie: it deals with the real issues that working mothers actually deal with. The bad thing about this movie: Sarah Jessica Parker can be grating at times. I would have liked to see Christina Hendricks in the lead role instead of SJP, but that’s just me. All in all, it’s not the best, most inspiring movie about women (0r even the most accurate one, to be honest) but it’s pretty enjoyable nonetheless. And what do you know, Olivia Munn can act after all! She’s actually funny! We do learn something from this movie. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And there you have it, Day Three of Binky International Film Festival! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the chick flicks we’ve revisited today and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Day Four, where we’ll be taking a look at this year’s “Award Worthy” movies. Until then!

Binky Bee

Golden Globes Nominations: Stars In Their Eyes

The Golden Globes nominations are in, and it’s a doozy, you guys. On one hand, there are some categories that are so great, I can’t even choose my favorite. On the other, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to be crazy by snubbing the greats such as Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Melissa McCarthy and continuing to nominate Glee (do they even watch this season, or are they stuck in season 1?) and nominating Ryan Gosling twice but neither for Drive. Not to mention, they’re continuing the tradition of what NY Magazine’s Vulture blog calls “Random Piper Perabo Nomination”, in which a random actress starring in a new USA Network show somehow gets a Best Actress Drama nod. This year the honor goes to Callie Thorne. I’m guessing Gabrielle Anwar’s agent forgot to get on that?

But despite the doozy-ness of this year’s nominations, the HFPA does assure us of two things: it’ll be an interesting red carpet what with the hottest stars in Hollywood all getting nominated (Clooney, Gosling, Pitt, Jolie, Theron, DiCaprio…) and we’ll have an even more interesting ceremony what with Ricky Gervais hosting (again!) and ready to insult and offend those glittering A-listers. So in a way, I can’t hate on them for their glaring snubs. Good job, HFPA!

Alright. Now let’s get straight to the nominees. This year, I’ll only be picking My Favorites (see the SAG Nominations post below) instead of the usual “Who I Think Will Win” and “Who I Want To Win” because the old format is just too much work. 🙂 Besides, my predictions tend to be wrong anyway. I’d make the worst psychic in the world.

Well let’s not waste any more time and dive in!

MOTION PICTURE

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn
50/50

My Favorite: Now this is one of those categories that I mentioned above, that almost all the nominees are so great and so well deserving of the nods that I can’t choose a favorite! I haven’t seen The Artist and My Week With Marilyn (that’s a “Comedy”?) but Bridesmaids, Midnight In Paris and 50/50 were all so amazing in different ways and choosing between them is like choosing which one of my imaginary children is my favorite. It’s impossible! So I’m not going to choose, and instead just hope that The Artist isn’t going to beat them all (though it probably will).

Winner: The Artist

Best Picture, Drama:

The Help
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Warhorse

My Favorite: Okay, this is hard because out of all the movies nominated, I’ve only seen The Help and The Ides of March. So I can’t really make an objective assessment. And I know a lot of people hate The Ides of March, but I actually like it. Maybe it’s the Clooney/Gosling of it all, or maybe it’s because of my lack of understanding of politics in general, but I enjoyed that movie very much. Since I’m not sure which to choose, I decided to go with the movie I haven’t seen but critics raved about and written by the Dean of my favorite fictional Community college Dean Pelton Jim Rash, The Descendants. And if it wins, Clooney will get up on stage too, so win-win, right?

Winner: The Descendants

Best Actress, Comedy:

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Jodie Foster, Carnage

My Favorite: This category is the worst for me because I’ve only seen Bridesmaids and thus can only choose Kristen Wiig because I don’t know how good everyone else was in their respective movies. I have a feeling that it’ll go to Charlize Theron though, she’s always been a go-to choice for HFPA.

Winner: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor, Comedy

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

My Favorite: The HFPA is so cruel for making me choose between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Gosling. They’re my imaginary boyfriends, I love them equally! However, despite enjoying Gosling’s performance in Crazy, Stupid, Love (and that glorious, glorious abs), I was crying and laughing the whole time during 50/50, and it’s all because of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s heartbreaking performance, so I’m sorry, Gosling, but I’m going to give it to Gordon-Levitt. Hey, it rhymes! (Also, Jean Dujardin will probably best them both)

Winner: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress, Drama:

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

My Favorite: Well, this is easy. I’ve chosen  Viola Davis as my favorite to win the SAG Awards, so I guess now I’m going to choose Tilda Swinton. Though seeing that both are up against Merryl Streep, I’m guessing it wouldn’t matter. That woman almost never loses, the HFPA LOVES them some Streep!

Winner: Merryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actor, Drama:

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame

My Favorite: Okay, this is also the category that leaves me torn because you know my love and devotion to both George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. I can’t choose between them. I want to be wedged between them. And add some Michael Fassbender in that sexy man-sandwich while I’m at it. No, seriously though, I heard Clooney was all shades of amazing in The Descendants, I thought Ryan Gosling was great in The Ides of March and practically every critic I know raved about Fassbender’s raw and naked (both figuratively and literally) performance in Shame. So really. How can a girl choose? I’ll be happy if it goes to either one of them. Sorry Pitt and Leo!

Winner: My perennial fantasy boyfriend George Clooney for The Descendants, of course!

Best Director:

Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
George Clooney, Ides of March
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

My Favorite: I’ve been a huge fan of Woody Allen movies since I first saw Annie Hall a million years ago so despite the incredible lineup, he’s my favorite to win. And that is all.

Winner: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Supporting Actress:

Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

My Favorite: I really need to see The Descendants one of these days because that girl from that awfulsome ABC Family show Secret Life Of An American Teenager, Shailene Woodley, actually got nominated here and from what I read in various blogs and publications, it was well-deserved. It really makes me curious because she wasn’t at all impressive in American Teenager, but I guess it’s because the materials she had to work with weren’t all that great to begin with. Anyway! The only movie I’ve seen in this category is The Help so I guess Octavia Spencer is my favorite. Chastain was great too, but Spencer is pretty amazing!

Winner: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

My Favorite: Duh, Albert Brooks, simply because Drive is my favorite movie of 2011. And he was pretty awesome in it!

WINNER: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

TELEVISION

TV Series, Drama:

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

My Favorite: No doubt, Homeland. I love American Horror Story like Tate Langdon loves his gimp suit, but Homeland has all the makings of an award-winning show. It is so well-written and brilliantly acted, it’s the best new show this year.

Winner: Homeland

TV Series, Comedy:

Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl

My Favorite: Despite not loving the fact that Glee is nominated again even though they so don’t deserve it this year, I have to praise the HFPA for nominating the brilliant but highly underrated Laura Dern comedy Enlightened. It’s about time that little show gets some love! And so, even though it may probably lose to Modern Family, or even worse, Glee, it’s still my favorite to win.

Winner: Modern Family

TV Actress, Comedy:

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

My Favorite: I’m like so in love with Amy Poehler right now and ecstatic that even though Parks and Recreation got snubbed again, she got the nomination she so rightly deserved. So yeah, Poehler FTW! However, considering the mass (but polarizing, I admit) appeal of Zooey Deschanel, she may actually take home the Globe this year!

WINNER: Laura Dern, Enlightened

TV Actress, Drama:

Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

My Favorite: Claire Danes, of course! She’s just phenomenal as Bipolar but brilliant CIA analyst Carrie Mathison and she deserves all the accolades she can get her hands on!

Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland

TV Actor, Drama:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammar, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

My Favorite: Oooh I want to say Bryan Cranston so bad because he is amazing in Breaking Bad and the show was so unjustly snubbed, I feel like he needs to win to make it alright. However, at the end of the day my heart is with Damian Lewis, whose portrayal of Sgt. Nicholas Brody, returning POW turned terrorist, gave a whole new meaning to the word brilliant. But if either of them wins, I’m a happy camper.

Winner: Kelsey Grammar, Boss

TV Actor, Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

My Favorite: Matt LeBlanc. He was really funny in Episodes, his character is like Joey Tribbiani playing Matt LeBlanc. And I always love actors who are game at making fun of themselves, so I say give him the award!

Winner: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Supporting Actor, TV

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

My Favorite: Eric Stonestreet. It’s not like I watch the others in the list. Though seeing that Guy Pierce won the Emmys last September for Mildred Pierce, he may actually win this one.

Winner: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Best Supporting Actress, TV

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

My Favorite: Jessica Lange, no question about it. Especially after last Wednesday night’s episode. Who knew that a Ryan Murphy horror show would actually boast some of the most incredible acting that I’ve ever seen on television? It’s not just Lange who is excellent, even the relative newcomers like Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga (who’s only ever acted in one movie prior to this show) are incredible. And that goes for the slew of guest stars too such as the incomparable Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara and Lily Rabe. Mark my words, American Horror Story will be the one to watch at next year’s Emmys!

Winner: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

And there you have it, this year’s Golden Globes nominees. Who do you think will bring home the top honors? Whose nominations are you most excited about? Whose snubs are you most bummed about? I’ll be updating this list next month after the Awards Show telecast so check back in then!

Xoxo

Binky Bee

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Seventh Day

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me… well, I bet whatever it was, it wasn’t as amazing as finding George Clooney, naked, under the Christmas tree. 🙂 Yes, today it’s time for us to objectify ten gorgeous men and fantasize. The year is almost over, and I have to admit that 2010 is not in short supply of fabulously hot and talented men. It wasn’t easy to pick just 10, but I gotta commit to the Top 10 Format. So what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!

My Top 10 Movie Screen Scorchers of 2010

1/ George Clooney, The American.

I’ve been a Clooney fan since he was still playing Dr. Doug Ross in ER, so forgive me if I’m bias. But I can’t help it, not only is this man gorgeous and aging so fabulously with his salt-and-pepper hair, he’s also one of the smartest actors in Hollywood when it comes to choosing roles. He knows who he is and what he wants to do, so every once in a while he’d do big studio movies like the Ocean’s franchise, but most of the time he’s focusing his energy on projects that challenges him, like his turn in The American. And he nails each role he inhabits, while looking insanely hot in the process. For all of those reasons, and many more I can’t disclose without keeping this post PG13, gorgeous George is our number one man of 2010.

2/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception.

Leonardo diCaprio was the star of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending drama Inception, but I think I’m not the only one who thinks Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who got his taste of fame by starring in the alien sitcom Third Rock From The Sun oh so many years ago, somehow upstaged him in the movie. It’s just he was so cool as Arthur, Cobb’s serious and cautious sidekick, especially during that zero gravity fight scene. And while he charmed Ellen Page’s Ariadne in the film, he also charmed his audience into raving incessantly about him after. He may only play a supporting role in Inception, but in my fantasy, he’s definitely the leading man.

3/ Tom Hardy, Inception.

Speaking of supporting roles in Inception, I think our number three guy was also responsible from stealing the spotlight from Leo. This Brit not only got to say the best lines in the movie, he also managed to mesmerize the audience to a degree that when we discussed the whole thing in various threads afterward, we couldn’t help but discuss how much we love his character Eames. Almost overnight, Hardy, a relative unknown in the States, became a hot topic all thanks to Inception, and I highly suspect that it was caused by those dreamy eyes and very, very enticing lips. The concept of entering a person’s dream and stealing or implanting ideas may seem ludicrous before Inception, but now, I think Hardy can enter my dream any time he wants.

4/ James Franco, 127 Hours.

James Franco’s star is shining so bright in Hollywood right now, he has just been tapped to host the Oscars with Anne Hathaway at the same time when critics are predicting that he’ll be a shoe-in for the Best Actor category. James Franco is probably the only actor in Hollywood right now that has it all; talent, looks, impressive resume, and an awesome brain that allows him to get his PhD without taking time off from acting. I’m starting to suspect he’s not human, but an AI (artificial intelligence) created by big Hollywood studios so they could have the perfect actor, with both commercial and critical appeal. Whatever he is, he’s a major hottie who is pretty much perfect in every way, and we get to enjoy him at number 4.

5/ Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine.

Most alumni of Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club achieve success as adults by becoming pop stars, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. But that wasn’t the case with this Mickey Mouse Club alumna, he opted to be an actor, and a damn good one at that. The first time I noticed him was in Murder By Numbers, in which he played a seventeen-year-old psychopath. I remember turning to my friend in the middle of the movie and telling her that “this boy is so going to be a star one day”, and a star he did become, though not in the most conventional sense. He’s the indie king, always opting for quirky, odd, difficult roles over romantic leading men in big studio movies, making the Nicholas Sparks’ tearjerker The Notebook his only big studio success. I admire his artistic integrity and his commitment to acting but sometimes I do want him to go the Jake Gyllenhaal way and just do rom-coms for once, if only so I can be swooned over and over again by those hypnotizing blue eyes…

6/ Armie Hammer, The Social Network.

In The Social Network, one of the two characters he played in the movie declared, “I’m six-foot-five, 220 pounds and there’s two of me.” and for a second there I wish there really were two of Armie Hammer, because let’s face it, we all want more than one six-foot-five, 220 pounds, handsome blond demi-god in this world. A relative unknown before the movie came out, Hammer first attracted my attention when he guest-starred in two CW series Gossip Girl and the now deceased Reaper as Gabriel, Serena’s conman boyfriend and the devil’s son, respectively. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why he attracted so much attention, does it? And what makes him such a catch is not just the fact that he’s extremely good looking and a fantastic actor to boot, he’s also, uhm, born to a gazillion dollar empire, being the grandson of oil tycoon Armand Hammer, whom he was named after. Sadly, he’s already married to TV personality Elizabeth Chambers, but give it time. Marriages don’t always work in Hollywood, especially when it comes to beautiful people like him. 🙂

7/ Andrew Garfield, The Social Network.

Before The Social Network even opened, there was already a lot of buzz surrounding this handsome Brit due to him being named as the next Spider-Man, replacing Toby Maguire in the new movie. I was not so convinced about another Spider-Man movie at first, but now I’m willing to give it a try, especially after seeing his performance in The Social Network. Eduardo Saverin might have been screwed over, but Garfield seems to be enjoying a nice and scandal-free success so far, going from just another Brit trying his luck across the pond to a certified star. And he seems like a real sweetheart too in interviews, always generous in his praises for his co-stars. A handsome, talented and humble man? Where do I sign up?

8/ Jon Hamm, The Town.

No, he’s not in the wrong list. You’re reading it right: Jon Hamm is on the verge of not just being known as Don Draper in Mad Men, but a bona fide movie star. In Ben Affleck’s The Town he portrays FBI Agent Adam Frawley, a straight-laced guy so unlike Don Draper that he convinces us all how good of an actor he is. It won’t come as a surprise if he gets cast in a major role soon, because there are not that many tall, dark, handsome and utterly talented leading man in Hollywood who can carry a movie, save for a few of the elites. Hey, movie studios, if you’re looking for an older Superman, Jon Hamm is totally your guy.

9/ Aaron Johnson, Kick-Ass.

Yet another Brit in this list, Aaron Johnson may not seem like your typical “screen scorchers” considering that his most famous role in the US is as a typical geek-turned-superhero in Kick-Ass. Yes, he’s kinda scrawny, and yes, he’s not conventionally handsome. And yes, he sometimes sounds douche-y in interviews, I won’t deny that. But the fact is, he’s British thus his accent is just divine, he’s talented and funny, and the best part, he actually can be sexy when he wants to be. He may be compared to Jesse Eisenberg, but for me personally, Eisenberg doesn’t do it for me. Johnson is the only big screen geek worth fantasizing about.

10/ Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right.

Our last guy in the list is so hot, he can turn a gay girl straight… if only for a little while. In The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo plays the sperm donor of a Annette Bening and Julianne Moore’s children who has an affair with the very lesbian Moore, and trust me, we immediately understand why Moore’s character would actually get into bed with someone with a penis. It’s attached to Mark Ruffalo’s sexy, rugged persona, after all. Despite portraying a homewrecker, Ruffalo still manages to charm us all in the movie, which explains why he was the rom-com king for quite some time in the early 2000s. I’m not usually one for scruffy guys, but in his case, I’m definitely making an exception. He hasn’t starred in too many hit movies lately, but I’m hoping his turn in the critically-acclaimed The Kids Are All Right will change that, because we need more of him on the big screen.

And there you have it, my top 10 movie screen scorchers of 2010. I’m sure there are other hotties that deserve to be mentioned, but unfortunately there’s only room for 10. Check back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down the 10 Fabulous Movie Ladies of 2010. Guess which number newly preggers Natalie Portman is on. 🙂

Until then,

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

 

Golden Dreams: The Good, The Bad and The Globes

…And I’m back again!  I know, I took a long hiatus after Summer, but sometimes I just get too busy or too preoccupied with something to blog, I hope you’ll forgive me. But alas, I return for one reason and one reason only: Awards Season is here. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Ryan and Scar-Jo may be breaking up and Miley Cyrus may be going off the deep end, but that doesn’t stop the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from unveiling the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday. And as always, I am here to guide you through it, as well as sharpen my Vegas odds-maker skills in trying to predict the outcome. Last year, I didn’t do too great. Let’s hope this year I do better. 🙂

Okay, let’s get straight to the nominations, shall we? Just like last year, I’m going to tell you Who I Think Will Win and Who I Want To Win. Unlike last year though, this year I’m going to also weigh in on what or who I think is the biggest upset in the category, as well as the biggest snub. This year’s list is a doozy, so I figure I should change up the format a bit to fit my mood. Anyway, without further ado, here it is, your  68th Annual Golden Globes nominees:

Best Picture, Drama:

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Who I Think Will Win:

Inception. Why? It’s not because I actually did love the movie and I was one of those people who spent weeks discussing the ending and the metaphors behind everything with my friends, it’s more because Avatar won Best Picture last year, even though we were all rooting for either The Hurt Locker or Inglourious Basterds. The HFPA love big stars and big movies, and Inception has both going for them. Not to mention, aside from the astronomical budget and Box Office Returns, it was also a critics’ darling – which makes it all the more likely for Inception to get the love it probably won’t get at the Oscars.

Who I Want To Win:

Black Swan. Why? This Darren Aronofsky thriller has managed to do the impossible: make ballet dancing and ballerinas scare the shit out of me. I’d say that deserves an award in and of itself, but to give a more justified answer: the movie was pure brilliance. As simple as that.

Biggest Upset: Oddly enough, Inception. I loved the movie, but I don’t think it should be in the Best Picture category. Special Effects, Directing, definitely. Screenplay, sure. Or maybe I’m just not down with hugely successful movies in this category. Award shows are supposed to honor the movies nobody watches, right? 🙂

Biggest Snub: Winter’s Bone. I mean, I know it’s a small indie movie that most people didn’t see, but again, isn’t that what Award Shows are all about?

UPDATE: Winner: The Social Network.

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

The Kids Are All Right. Why? Have you seen the nomination? It’s a complete doozy. I mean, come on, The Tourist? Burlesque? Red? The only one that deserves the win in this category is the charming The Kids Are All Right, a sweet, funny and poignant tale about the ups and downs of a modern, unconventional family. No matter how whacked the HFPA can be sometimes, I doubt they’ll pass this one for any of the other four. If they do, then I guess Miley isn’t the only one who likes to smoke up.

Biggest Upset: The Tourist. Sure Burlesque, Red and Alice In Wonderland don’t really deserve to be nominated either, but quality-wise, each one of those movies is actually way better than The Disappointment Formerly Known As The Tourist. The HFPA must have a huge crush on Johnny Depp or something.

Biggest Snub: Love And Other Drugs. It’s not amazing, but it’s way, waaaay better than The Tourist.

UPDATE: Winner: The Kids Are All Right.

Best Actress, Drama:

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Who I Think Will Win:

Natalie Portman, Black Swan. Why? It’s no secret that the HFPA loves this girl. A few years ago, Portman won the Golden Globes for her role in Closer, and she was not nearly as intense in that movie as she was in Black Swan.

Who I Want To Win:

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone. Why? She’s relatively unknown and still very young, but she was phenomenal in this indie drama. She may be too unknown to win this category, but I’m still rooting for her anyway.

Biggest Upset: Halle Berry. It isn’t so much as an upset as a surprise. Nobody expects Halle to be nominated, I guess. But she’s an amazing actress nonetheless.

Biggest Snub: Tilda Swinton. I still can’t believe that her performance in I Am Love (pure brilliance, as always), was overlooked. Are they getting tired of praising Tilda?

UPDATE: Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan.

Best Actor, Drama:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Who I Think Will Win:

James Franco, 127 Hours. Why? Just because I didn’t have the stomach to watch the movie, doesn’t mean the HFPA did too. And according to those who have seen it, Franco truly deserves the win for his performance. After all, he was acting all by himself in most of his scenes, and people actually literally fainted while watching the self-amputation scene. Plus, he’s a big star, he’s hosting the Oscars this year, and he’s the hardest working actor in Hollywood right now. And didn’t the HFPA totally give him a nomination for Pineapple Express? Yeah, he’s so gonna win this one.

Who I Want To Win:

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine. Why? I have a soft spot for this quirky Canadian actor. He always commits to a role and gives it all he’s got. He may not have a self-amputation scene going for him, but that doesn’t make him less of an actor.

Biggest Upset: None. Everyone deserves to be there.

Biggest Snub: Leonardo diCaprio. Hey, he was pretty awesome in Inception, no?

UPDATE: Winner: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech.

Best Director:

David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Christopher Nolan, Inception. Why? Well, let’s see the HFPA picked James Cameron as Best Director last year so by that logic, Nolan has this one in the bag. And as for me, I just think he deserves some credit for directing the mind-bending sensation that prompts the Twitter world to use the phrase “mind-fuck” in a sentence.

Biggest Upset: None.

Biggest Snub: I have no idea, actually. Oh, the director for True Grit, definitely!

UPDATE: Winner: David Fincher, The Social Network.

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Who I Think Will Win:

Melissa Leo, The Fighter. Why? I haven’t seen this movie yet, but the critics are all a-buzzing about her performance as Alice Eklund. And come on, it’s Melissa Leo. She’s a powerhouse!

Who I Want To Win:

Mila Kunis, Black Swan. Why? I’ve loved her since she first started out in That 70s Show as Jackie, Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend with a shrill unforgettable voice. She was a mere 15-year-old at the time. Now she’s all grown up and have matured into a fantastic actress and a force to be reckoned with. I personally think she deserves a win, it’ll be great for her career.

Biggest Upset: Surprisingly, none. The only surprise is Kunis, but hell I think she deserves to be nominated.

Biggest Snub: Dale Dickey. If you’ve seen Winter’s Bone, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, let’s move on to the next category, it’s a little hard to explain, seeing that she’s not a big-name star and all.

UPDATE: Winner: Melissa Leo, The Fighter. (Called it!)

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Who I Think Will Win:

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech. Why? Do you even need to ask? It’s Geoffrey Rush, for god’s sake!

Who I Want To Win:

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network. Why? To be honest, even though I thought he did a great job in The Social Network, the only reason why I want him to win is so I’d get to see him up on stage in his tux and thank people with that delicious British accent of his. We won’t be hearing much of that after he puts on his spidey suit… can you blame a girl for hoping? 🙂

Biggest Upset: Michael Douglas. Sure he was the only good thing to come out of the disaster that is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but I mean, really?

Biggest Snub: Justin Timberlake. Look, even though he annoys us with those geeky glasses he’s been sporting lately, he still gave the performance of his life in The Social Network. Too bad he used to be in N’Sync, that probably what did him in.

UPDATE: Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter.

Best Actress, Comedy:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Emma Stone, Easy A
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Who I Think Will Win:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right. Honestly, it could easily be Julianne Moore, they were both amazing in this movie.

Who I Want To Win:

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right. See Above Explanation.

Biggest Upset: Angelina Jolie. She was compared to a Madame Tussaud’s wax figurine by critics, so why is she nominated?

Biggest Snub: Hmm. Weirdly enough, I can’t think of any.

UPDATE: Winner: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right. (Called it!)

Best Actor, Comedy:

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Johnny Depp, Alice In Wonderland. Why? Considering that it’s Depp vs Depp in this category, I’m thinking he’s going to at least win it for his role as Mad Hatter. HFPA loves Johnny in costume. I think they gave him the Globes for Jack Sparrow too, if I’m not mistaken. As for me, I’m just partial to Johnny Depp and I’d rather him win for Alice In Wonderland than –shudder– The Tourist.

Biggest Upset: Johnny Depp, The Tourist. I know I just said I’m partial to Johnny Depp (who isn’t?) but he shouldn’t be nominated for – according to the New York Magazine – wearing what looked like a dead beaver on his head, just no.

Biggest Snub: Oh I don’t know, John C.Reilly, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey, jr… take your pick.

UPDATE: Winner: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version.

TV Series, Drama:

Mad Men
Dexter
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Mad Men. Why? Mad Men is still a critics darling and it’s always consistent in its quality, unlike say True Blood, which isn’t even nominated this year. Boardwalk Empire could take the win, of course, it’s definitely a strong contender, but I think this is still Mad Men’s year.

Biggest Upset: The Walking Dead. I don’t know how I feel about zombies… but I guess they are the new vampires.

Biggest Snub: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Friday Night Lights… feel free to add more.

UPDATE: Winner: Boardwalk Empire.

Best Actor, TV Drama:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire. Why? We know the HFPA loves to give awards to film actors who make the transition to television (Glenn Close comes to mind). And even though some people complained that Buscemi can’t carry a show, I thought he did a wonderful job portraying corrupt politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. Subtle acting is definitely one of Buscemi’s forte.

Who I Want To Win:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men. Why? If you think my reason for wanting him to win is similar to that of Andrew Garfield, you’d be right. Jon Hamm is a god, he needs to be on stage, wearing that tux, thanking people and making us fall in love over and over again with him.

Biggest Upset: Hugh Laurie. This season of House isn’t even that great to begin with. And he’s nominated like every year since the first season of House, it’s time for the HFPA to honor other leading men.

Biggest Snub: Kyle Chandler. What’s with the lack of Friday Night Lights love, HFPA? And in their last season too? Brutal.

UPDATE: Winner: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire. (Called it!)

Best Actress, TV Comedy:

Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Laura Linney, The Big C. Why? Again, the HFPA has a history of awarding film actors who made the transition to TV (I’m thinking next year Forrest Whitaker will be nominated for the Criminal Minds spin-off). However, Linney does deserve the win for her performance as cancer-stricken housewife Cathy. She was heartbreaking, funny and annoying all at the same time. I’d be genuinely surprised if she doesn’t win.

Biggest Upset: Lea Michele. The second season of Glee has its ups and downs, and even though I still love the show and Michele herself, I’m just not so sure why she’s up there instead of say, Allison Brie from Community, who has given a stellar performance this season (and the previous too).

Biggest Snub: Allison Brie, for the reason I mentioned above. Also, for Annie’s Boobs. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, WATCH COMMUNITY every Thursday night. It’s the best show on TV, according to me and New York Magazine!)

UPDATE: Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C. (Called it, but she didn’t show anyhow)

Best Actor, TV Comedy:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Who I Think Will Win:

Steve Carell, The Office. Why? Same reason why I thought Emmy voters would pick him last September, this is his last season of The Office, which means, the last time he’d ever get the chance of winning in this category (until he lands on another brilliant comedy, of course). Emmy voters ended up giving the award to my pick Jim Parsons in a surprising yet delightful turn, but the HFPA usually loves to defy the Emmys, so I think Carell is still a strong contender.

Who I Want To Win:

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. Why? He’s the BEST thing about the show, especially this season, when the comedy feels forced and the writers don’t seem to know where they want to take the characters. That one episode when Sheldon adopted a bunch of cats to get over losing Amy Farrah Fowler was especially hilarious, all thanks to this talented thespian. And hey, the Emmy voters loved him too!

Biggest Upset: Matthew Morrison. I promise you, I’m a true blue Gleek. This is not me hating on Glee, okay, because I LOVE the show. I laugh, I cry and I download every song from every episode, that’s how much of a Gleek I am. So don’t start a hate campaign against me just because I put both Glee stars in this category. The reason simply is that I just don’t think Morrison’s performance is strong enough this season to be nominated. Especially not when Community’s Danny Pudi and Donald Glover (as well as Joel McHale) killed it every week. And not to mention Bored To Death’s Jason Schwartzman, who left me in stitches every time.

Biggest Snub: Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Jason Schwartzman, and my gay husband Neil Patrick Harris, of course.

UPDATE: Winner: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. (Sort of called it, happy he won)

Best Actress, TV Drama:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Who I Think Will Win:

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy. Why? This is the first time Katey Sagal is nominated for Sons of Anarchy, a nomination that is well-deserved, considering her sensational performance in this critically-acclaimed show week after week. I think to make up for snubbing her these past few years, the HFPA are going to give her the win. And if they don’t, they should.

Who I Want To Win:

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men. Why? Over the last four season, Peggy is the only character in Mad Men with real growth and transformation; going from being Don’s naive but ambitious secretary in season one, to a junior copywriter in season two, to actually holding her own against the boisterous and cocky male copywriters in season three, and, in “The Suitcase” episode of season four, showing the audience and Don Draper himself that she is no longer his mousy ex-secretary, but his equal in many ways. And that transformation is played out so nicely by Elisabeth Moss, who up to now has not received love from both the HFPA and the Emmys. What can I say, I always root for the underdog.

Biggest Upset: Piper Perabo. I don’t think I need to explain this one. I mean, first of all, Covert Affairs is so bad, it’s actually insulting our intelligence. Second, her acting matches the show perfectly, in the sense that it’s just as insufferable. No one seems to understand WHY she’s nominated, not when there’s Connie Britton, January Jones, Anna Paquin, Mariska Hargitay. I blame Miley Cyrus bong again.

Biggest Snub: Connie Britton. Seriously, this is unforgivable!

UPDATE: Winner: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy. (Called it!)

Best Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

Who I Think Will Win & Who I Want To Win:

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network. Why? The Social Network is a favorite this awards season, and it’s mostly thanks to Sorkin’s brilliant screenplay and Fincher’s directing. The fast-paced dialogues are Sorkin’s forte, and let’s face it, we hung on to every word that was uttered in that movie. Even though we know Sorkin preferred to ignore the true events, we didn’t really care. His dramatization was probably what made the movie much more interesting than Mark Zuckerberg’s real life story.

Biggest Upset: None.

Biggest Snub: Winter’s Bone, again.

UPDATE: Winner: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network. (Called it!)

Best Supporting Actor, TV:

Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Scott Caan, Hawaii- 5-0
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Who I Think Will Win:

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family. Why? Okay, the HFPA totally snubbed Modern Family last year, and as we know, the show went on to win the highest honor, Best Comedy, at the Emmys. And now, I think they’re going to try to make up for it by giving Modern Family the win. Considering Stonestreet is always pitch-perfect every week, I don’t mind it one bit.

Who I Want To Win:

Chris Colfer, Glee. Why? Stonestreet beat Colfer at the Emmys, so as always I’m rooting for the underdog. Also, Kurt has been getting some meaty materials this season on Glee and Colfer definitely shines every week. My favorite would be when he was kissed by the jock who bullied him in “Never Been Kissed”, the way he reacted was so raw and poignant, I want to hand him an award right then and there.

Biggest Upset: Scott Caan. Hawaii Five-O is fun to watch and all, but it’s definitely not award-show worthy. And even though Caan makes the show with his witty banter, I’m not so sure why he’s in this category at all.

Biggest Snub: Ty Burrell, and all the guys in Modern Family, really. But mostly Ty Burrell. He’s so funny, it’s truly a crime that Scott Caan gets nominated and he doesn’t.

UPDATE: Winner: Chris Colfer, Glee. (Sort of called it, ecstatic he won!)

Best Supporting Actress, TV:

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Who I Think Will Win:

Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire. Why? Just like Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, only a lot faster, Kelly MacDonalds Margaret Schroeder transforms the most out of all the characters (especially the females) in Boardwalk Empire. And you can see it in every episode, she’s subtly changing and becoming less of Nucky Thompson’s mistress and more of an equal. She nails her part every time, in every scene. I won’t be surprised if she turns out to be HFPA’s favorite.

Who I Want To Win:

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family. Why? She lost to Jane Lynch at the Emmys, and even though I was happy for Lynch’s win, a part of me wanted Vergara to win as well, because she is perfect as Gloria; hilarious, fun and hysterical. I think it’s about time that she gets an accolade, don’t you?

Biggest Upset: Julia Stiles. Many critics seem to think her performance was underwhelming in Dexter. But apparently not the HFPA.

Biggest Snub: Jennifer Carpenter. Speaking of Dexter, a lot of people think Jennifer Carpenter should’ve been nominated instead of Stiles, and I happen to agree with them. But I guess this way she wouldn’t have to share a table with her soon-to-be ex-hubby. Awkward.

UPDATE: Winner: Jane Lynch, Glee.

TV Series, Comedy:

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Who I Think Will Win:

Modern Family. Why? Glee won last year, and Modern Family was snubbed. So this year, I think they’re going to turn the table and give Modern Family the win.

Who I Want To Win:

30 Rock. Why? When a show is in its fifth season, usually it starts to wear you down, like How I Met Your Mother and The Office, for example. But 30 Rock, surprisingly, did the exact opposite. It bounced back from a shaky fourth season and became funnier than ever. So for its fifth-season rejuvenation, I think 30 Rock deserves to win in this category, again.

Biggest Upset: The Big Bang Theory. I used to love this show but this season definitely hasn’t been the best. If it weren’t for Parsons’ Sheldon, I probably would’ve quit watching altogether.

Biggest Snub: Community. I get why Parks and Recreation didn’t get any love, it’s because stupid NBC has pushed its schedule to next year, thus denying them the chance to shine for the HFPA. But Community is having a stellar season, and it’s the most meta, poignant, hilarious and did I mention AWESOME?? show on television right now. The fact that it’s basically ignored at the Globes is just disappointing.

UPDATE: Winner: Glee.

So that’s it, your 68th Annual Golden Globe nominations. Who are you rooting for this time around?

xoxo

Binky Bee